What fans do for idols: Buying over 1,000 CDs, spending $14k on cookies

10 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago

This article was contributed by the STOMP Team.How far would you go for your favourite band? Probably not quite as far as these hardcore AKB48 fans.Intensely devoted fans of the Japanese girl idol group have reached new heights -- one recently bought more than 1,000 copies of their latest single in order to earn enough tickets to a meet-the-band session. He reportedly spent about 1,000,000 yen (S$14,826.47).His expenditure also secured him a dinner date with the member of his choice, which turns out to be 16-year-old Mao Furuhata.Meanwhile, a heart-shaped cookie baked by AKB48 Team A captain Mariko Shinoda fetched 1,001,000 yen (S$14,840.38) on an auction site.While these fans might seem extreme, they are still a far cry from arguably their greatest fan of all time, who spent some $140,000 on band CDs.Meanwhile, AKB48's label has been reaping the benefits of the group's success to promote such bizarre products as iced cup noodles.Pics 1-20 show the huge expenditure of fans on CDs and the infamous cookie, while the rest show other AKB48 marketing stunts.

AKB48, idol
Join in the talk